The Vodafone 845, the first Vodafone-branded Android device, is now confirmed for a May launch. No specific date has been given, just May and "coming soon." There is an official video of the phone, and while I can't confirm this, the video makes it look as if it has a resistive touch screen. The first thought behind that is "ouch," but it doesn't look too bad in the video. It's expected to be offered as a bargain phone, so we can't really complain about the lack of fancy features. Video after the break. Thanks to Dave for sending this in. [Vodafone]
Adobe responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' attack on Flash yesterday by dropping a fair big (and well-directed) bombshell of its own: A public preview will be given in a few weeks at Google IO (we'll be there for it), and Flash will see general release for Android in June. Said Adobe CTO Kevin Lunch in his "Moving Forward" post:
We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.
Now all Adobe has to do is deliver. And it damn well better work well out of the box, or the pitchforks are going to be raised pretty quick. [Adobe] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
While you slept, Cyanogen released his Android 2.1 ROM for the HTC Hero Dream and Magic (that's the G1 and myTouch 3G, respectively). Most of the bells and whistles are there, save for the new launcher (app drawer) and stock live wallpapers. And while his ROMs for the Droid and Nexus One are painless (and pretty damn awesome), this one comes with a tad of caution because you have to load the "DangerSPL" to get it to work. And if an SPL flash goes wrong, your phone is pretty much bricked. Full instructions are here.
Meanwhile, it looks like Best Buy Mobile is gearing up for some sort of official update to the Hero. As for exactly what or when? Check back later.
Seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook -- oh, wait, it was, both here and on the special Emergency PalmCast Broadcast in the wake of HP buying Palm for $1.2 billion. Anyhoo, we got a good look at the Airlife 100 at Mobile World Congress but had seen neither hide nor hair of it since. But, as expected, it's now available on Telefonica in Spain, bringing its 10-inch screen and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor for about $300, not counting data plan. [Carrypad via Slashgear]
Caddyman over at androidforums has posted up a new Android 2.1 leak for the Droid Eris. There's a huge list of bugfixes, and from the looks of it the odd connectivity issues Eris users were seeing with the previous leaks should have been addressed, as well as the pesky bugs with the latest Google Voice app. For those of you running one of the previous leaks, this is something you'll want to look at for sure!
Warning - This is leaked beta testing software, and wasn't meant for general use. Flashing it will wipe your phone, and take away root if you have it. As always, use your best judgment and flash at your own risk!
Links, changelog, and further instructions can be found HERE. Thanks, kbaker!
Oh, you wanted to know about the LG Aloha, did you ? Sorry, alls we have here is the LG Ally -- which is what we're told the Aloha actually will be called -- and it's said to be destined for Verizon in the middle of May. Specs should still be about what we've been told for the Aloha (aka the LU2300), with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800 pixels, QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1, 720p video out, 5MP camera and the kinda-weird round D-pad. More or less par for the course these days. More on the Ally as we get it.
HTC has announced its projections for the second quarter, and they are aiming high. HTC says it expects to sell 4.5 million handsets, with revenue to peak at 1.6 billion USD. This is a pretty big jump from the 3.3 million handsets sold in Q1, and the company is ahead of market analyst expectations. In today's ecomony, any earnings increase is nice. This kind of growth is phenomenal, and HTC's CFO Cheng Hui-ming credits the increase to one thing -- the "growing popularity of the Android platform in Europe and the US."
Keep pumping out phones like the Desire, Legend, Incredible, EVO, etc. and the sky is the limit Mr. Hui-ming. We all love stylish, top quality hardware that runs the best Mobile OS on the planet, and can't wait to see what's next. [Financial Times via Engadget]
Let's take a quick look at the new Skyfire 2.0 browser for Android, shall we? Full page rendering? Check. Flash video? Check. Bells and whistles? Check and check. Our quick verdict: So long as you're not worried about any privacy concerns regarding proxy browsers, this could easily become your main browser.
Update: Re-recorded the video to fix an error or three.
Here's Skyfire's promo video for its new Version 2.0 browser, which should be available for Android any time now. (It's not appearing in the market, and the manual download link's not working yet either.) Update: It's there now. Here's the link.
Anyhoo, check out the video above, and we'll give Skyfire the what-for just as soon as we can. [Skyfire]
If for some reason you can't make it to a Verizon store to buy an Incredible in person, you're going to have to wait a few days. Verizon's website says new orders won't ship until May 4 -- a testament to the phone's popularity (or initial low inventory). That's echoed by reports in our forums discussing limited in-store inventory. Anybody out there have a hard time getting one?
Garmin-Asus is following up the just announced nuvifone A50 with another device, the Android-powered A10. The A10 is a joint venture between Garmin and Asustek (that we've heard about for a long time now) and differs from the A50 in that it is also optimized for pedestrian navigation. What that means exactly, we don't know. But obviously, navigation is going to be key for any 'garminfone' and for the A10, maps will be preloaded onto the device so you won't get lost if you suddenly lose your network connection.
The Garmin-Asus A10 comes with a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and will feature the usual slew of Android apps under an assumedly heavily skinned UI. It's expected to hit European and Asian markets in mid-2010. Which probably means, the T-Mobile nuvifone A50 will be the only 'garminfone' we'll get in the states. We're not sure if that's a bad thing. [garmin]
Motorola this morning announced its Q1 2010 earnings, with the manufacturer seeing total sales of $5 billion. Its mobile device arm brought in $1.6 billion and shipped 8.5 million phones, including 2.3 million smartphones, while seeing an operating loss of $192 million. That's down 9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009, though this quarter's operating loss was drastically lower, compared to $545 million a year ago.
Motorola introduced six new Android smartphones in the first quarter, including three in the United States -- the Backflip, Cliq XT and Devour. [Motorola]
Today's the day, folks. After a couple of long weeks, the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible finally is available. Your pre-orders (if they didn't arrive early) should come today. You can buy one in Verizon stores for $199 after the standard contract deals. And cheaper prices are (ahem) out there on the Internet. But let's get to the important stuff. Today's your day.
Development for Android continues, even if unofficially, and it seems as though just about every day we see something new surface. HTC G1 owners sometimes feel as though they are on the back burner, as their device was the original, and at this point it is slightly behind the times in some categories. But that doesn't stop Cyanogen from developing great custom ROMs. And 5.0.7 is the latest and greatest of all the Cyanogen builds for older phones, and it's now available for download. (And above, Cyanogen crony Kmobs shows off some of the finer points.) We're still waiting on the build to actually be released, but it should be any time now. Keep your eyes peeled here. Update:It's now live!
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